Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Shanty Town USA

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By: Adam Forrest

As the financial crisis worsens and people continue losing their homes, shanty towns are springing up across the country. One of the largest tent communities, currently housing 1,200 homeless individuals, is located a few miles from California's state capitol building, on a piece of Sacramento wasteland. Although sleeping here is prohibited, people who have lost jobs and homes have nowhere else to go. Mayor Kevin Johnson is determined to shut down the tent city within the next couple weeks and move the residents into shelters. Another possibility is to set up a legal encampment that would include clean water, and sanitation services.

5 comments:

Ben said...

How many people are homeless in Boston and the surrounding 20 mile area? I am very interested in learning more about this. Thanks!

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Anonymous said...

With the $55,000 Romney is going to spend to put a car elevator in his La Jolla, CA, home, he could house a number of these people!

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